Biological systematics is the study of the diversification of living forms, both past and present, and the relationships among living things through time. Systematics, in other words, is used to understand the evolutionary history of life on Earth.

Molecular Genetics

The discipline of plant molecular biology uses genetic, genomic, biochemical, cell biological, and computational approaches to understand plant growth, physiology, and development at a molecular level.

Genomics and Bioinformatics

Genomics and Bioinformatics melds the disciplines of statistics, computer science and life sciences and involves both computationally-oriented informaticians and wet-bench oriented genomicists.

Fungal Biology

Fungi range from microscopic, single-celled yeasts to vast underground mycelial colonies covering hundreds of acres. Because they are more closely related to animals than to plants and because their biology and genetics are easily manipulated, fungi are great model organisms.

Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary biology studies the mechanisms of both micro- and macro-evolution, seeking to better understand the various influences shaping the form and nature of life.


Plant ecology is a subdiscipline of ecology which studies the distribution and abundance of plants, the effects of environmental factors upon the abundance of plants, and the interactions among and between plants and other organisms.

Cellular and Developmental Biology

Cellular and developmental biology strives to develop new knowledge through basic research about the function of living organisms with focus on the cellular levels of plant life.

Biochemistry and Physiology

Plant Biochemistry is the interface between chemistry, molecular and cell biology, and plant physiology; investigating the chemical and physical basis of the life processes, and plant processes at the level of molecules, cells, organs, whole plants or plant systems.

Biology Education

To promote the growth and development of plant biology, to encourage and publish research in plant biology, and to promote the interests and growth of plant scientists in general.